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Epiphone presents the new Ltd. Ed. SG-Special-I, a great way for new players to get started on electric guitar at a price anyone can afford. The SG-S...Click To Read More About This Product

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Featuring Epiphone ceramic open-coil humbuckers.

Epiphone presents the new Ltd. Ed. SG-Special-I, a great way for new players to get started on electric guitar at a price anyone can afford. The SG-Special-1 has the same classic “SG” tone, look, and feel that’s gone virtually unchanged over 50 years and players from all genres around the world recognize the “SG” as a one of the best and most distinctive electric guitars ever made. But seasoned pros will also love the new Ltd. Ed. SG Special-1 for its powerful Ceramic Open Coil humbuckers and smooth easy-to-play Mahogany SlimTaperTM neck.  Plus, the Ltd. Ed. SG-Special-1 comes in three beautiful classic color finishes, Cherry, Ebony, and Pelham Blue.

The Ltd. Ed. SG Special-1 joins the fan-favorite Special-1 Series designed to bring superior sound and historic Epiphone-style to players just starting out as well as to veterans who want a “workhorse” guitar to take on the road that’s lightweight but makes no compromise in electronics and hardware.
 
The “SG” profile is one of the most recognized in rock & roll.  First introduced in the early 1960s, “SG” guitars have been the driving force behind Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, jam bands, and British rock.  And now with the Ltd. Ed. SG-Special-I, Epiphone fans around the world can enjoy owning and playing a real Epiphone “SG” at a great price. 
 
The Ltd. Ed. SG Special-1 has a Mahogany body cut to the historic SG profile and a bolt-on Mahogany neck featuring the same SlimTaperTM profile enjoyed by owners of iconic Epiphones like the Les Paul Standard and the Casino.  The Mahogany neck has a Rosewood fingerboard with 22 easy-to-press medium jumbo frets with pearloid dot inlays, just like vintage SGs.  Even though new players might favor the Ltd. Ed. SG Special-1, this SG boasts many of the same specifications found on all SGs including 1.68” nut and a 24.75” scale length.
 
The new Ltd. Ed. SG Special-1 is powered by an Epiphone Ceramic 700TTM Open Coil humbucker in the bridge or lead position and an Epiphone Ceramic 650RTM Open Coil humbucker in the neck or rhythm position.  Ceramic pickups have been a favorite of Hard Rock and Metal players for decades. Ceramic magnets became more readily available in the late 60s and early 70s just as guitar players were incorporating overdrive and distortion into their sound. Ceramic pickups have a sharp, articulate, and saturated tone that’s a perfect compliment to the SG Special-1’s Mahogany body. Pickup selection is made via a standard 3-way pickup selector and controls include Master Volume and Master Tone, both with classic Black “Speed” Knobs. 
 
The Ltd. Ed. SG-Special I has Epiphone’s world renown rock-solid hardware including a heavy duty 1/4” jack, easy-turning machine heads with a pro 15:1 tuning ratio, and a classic wrap-around bridge and tailpiece compensated for reliable intonation. 
 


FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12 in.
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.68 in. (42.67 mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: 650R
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: 700T
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Wraparound
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body finish
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None

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EpiphoneLimited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (9)

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    (4)

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    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

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Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

What a Rock & Roll Machine!

I have been without an SG for too many years! I started playing Strats and Teles, and moved away from my SG's. So I thought I'd take a chance on this Epi. I'd...Read complete review

I have been without an SG for too many years! I started playing Strats and Teles, and moved away from my SG's. So I thought I'd take a chance on this Epi. I'd forgotten what a rock and roll machine an SG is... this thing is a blast to play! The neck is straight and the frets are level with smooth ends, and the strings are properly lined up on the fretboard. Everything works, and there are no finish blemishes or flaws in workmanship. I don't care for the slick finish on the back of the neck, but some folks like them that way. The tuners are economy jobs, but they function and can be replaced if desired. The truss rod turns freely, although it was backed out as far as the access hole would permit. After a setup, all was well, except for a slightly flat intonation on the "A" string, and the bridge/saddle cannot move any closer. This thing sounds great through a tube amp, rock and roll heaven! And oh yes, first order of business, change the strings.

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Nice Beginner Instrument

This is a nice beginner electric guitar on a budget. The neck is slim and narrow which makes it easy to play. The string action is very low which caused some fret buzz....Read complete review

This is a nice beginner electric guitar on a budget. The neck is slim and narrow which makes it easy to play. The string action is very low which caused some fret buzz. Easily adjusted out with a simple truss rod adjustment. The machine head tuner are cheap which caused the strings it to go out of tune quickly. I installed a set of Grover machine heads and problem solved. The red finish is flawless with shiny chrome hardware. GREAT PRICE, BUY IT!

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2.0

Epiphone SG Wall Hanger

By Yabolrunka

from New Orleans, LA

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Pros

  • Flawless Finish

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

      If you want to decorate your music room, this is your guitar. Beautiful flawless finish looks SHARP. I am trying to stay positive. Will not stay in tune. I changed tuners with Grover Rotomatics. Problem solved. Bridge is cheap and intonation is way off. I had to set the neck because it was cocked to one side and strings did not line up on fret board. If you want a DIY project this is a "dream" instrument and a money pit. Look at another brand such as Ibanez which comes set up right out of the box.

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Exceptional

      By Gomez

      from Wichita ks

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is a beautiful piece to own. Sounds great. Fret buz, but as soon as i adjusted the bridge didnt have a problem. Bought the blue, i recommend it, rather than the red or black. The color is beautiful. Great for beginners but also for people who have been playing for years. Iv been playing for 10+ years and i think you cant go wrong with this guitar. Epiphone all the way. Love it and very glad i bought it. To top it off i got it in the mail in TWO days. Anyone who cant decide if they should buy it, DO IT, you wont be disappointed.

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      4.0

      Second Review

      By Jimmy J

      from Way Up North

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      Pros

      • Great tone

      Cons

      • Limited neck relief

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

        This is my second review of this model. My first review was based on my Cherry colored guitar that I purchased a few months ago. That guitar was flawless, and I was so impressed that I bought a second guitar (Pelham Blue) when they went on sale. My remarks from my first review still apply, however, I had to return the second guitar for an exchange. The neck relief was so minimal, even with heavy gauge strings, that I only had .0015" of relief with the truss rod slack. It didn't buzz, but I would have never been able to use light gauge strings. I gave the neck several days with the heavy strings to adjust, but there was no movement. I am waiting for its replacement, and hoping that the next one will have correct tolerances. As for the color, the Pelham Blue is a beautiful sparkly metal flake with no finish flaws. I really like these guitars. Just be sure to check for proper relief adjustment if you buy one.

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        5.0

        Amazing Guitar

        By Bryce

        from Arizona

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

        Got the guitar today and I was so happy when it arrived, when I opened the package it looked amazing glad I got the worn cherry finish, plan to have this guitar around for a while, considering this is my first electric I give it an 100% overall rating for beginners to intermediate players.

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        4.0

        rippin

        By Harry

        from Pound, VA

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        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

        overall nice instrument

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        very impressed

        By overdrive

        from Ranson, WV

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        Pros

        • fast neck
        • great pickups
        • lightweight
        • low price

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is a steal! Immediately I was blown away by the great tone that came out of this low budget beauty. The pelham blue paintjob is stunning and the body is light as a feather. The action required a little bit of adjustment on the bridge but after a few turns on the tune o' matic posts, it was right where I wanted it. They are not kidding around when they say this is a great guitar for beginners and long time players alike. I have been playing for 20 years and while I'm yet to shell out 800 on an axe, I like to think I know a good guitar when I play one and this thing rocks. You might want to change the strings immediately though as the ones it shipped with did not do it any favors and it played and sounded amazing after slapping on a fresh set of 10s.

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            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A great SG for very little money!!!

            By Badluck

            from Port St. Lucie,FL

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            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

            I had to go through three of these to finally get one that was good. First one had pits in the head-stock real bad. Second one had bad volume pot. Thanks Musician's Friend for checking this one before sending it. It's very light-weight and love the tone. The blue has a beautiful finish. It was definitely worth the wait. Epiphone has got to work on there quality control.

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            • Yes
             
            5.0

            An incredible bargain!

            By Larry C

            from Eureka, Ca

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            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

            I'm a little dumbfounded over this guitar. I originally purchased it just for the body and neck. I was going to yank all the hardware and electronics and replace them with "quality" components (assuming that at this price the stock stuff would be junk). But after cleaning, lubricating, and tuning the strings, I was amazed with everything about the instrument! First, I thought the intonation would be way off due to the unadjustable wrap around bridge. It was actually very close....,,closer than any other guitar I have ever purchased (using a strobe tuner), and I have a lot of guitars, some bumping the high price range. The ceramic pickups are very clear, articulate, and booming. They're pretty hot at 12.45 D.C. Ohms at the neck and 12.84 at the bridge. The strings are just fine and measure 0.0453 - 0.00965. The dark rosewood fret board is thicker then you might expect and the neck relief was just right (also unusual for a new guitar). And, yes, the tuning machines are a bit sloppy. But I haven't had any problem keeping the guitar in tune, using the traditional "tuning UP to pitch", keeping the pressure on the string side of the worm gear. I believe the body has a single piece of mahogany glued to the top and back. It's slightly more expensive brother supposedly has (I believe) ash in the middle. Not a big deal anyway as the sustain is excellent for such a thin and light guitar. It is the first Epiphone that I have purchased (and I think Epi's are a far better deal than Gibsons) that has a bolted in neck. Makes little difference except it's a lot easier to swap necks if the need arises in the future. The frets are finished off nice and I really like the feel of the not-so-flat Epi neck. Last, I would really encourage you to invest in a locking "Slimline Guitar Strap, acoustic end pin jack version" for this or any guitar with the front strap button on the back, base of the neck. They aren't big expensive and will end the problem on the strap popping off.

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            3.0

            Nice Beginner Instrument

            By Yabolrunka

            from New Orleans, LA

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            Pros

            • Easily Adjustable Bridge
            • Flawless Finish
            • GREAT PRICE with FREE Shipping
            • Slim Neck

            Cons

            • Cheap Machine Head Tuners
            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Good Beginner Electric Guitar

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

            This is a nice beginner electric guitar on a budget. The neck is slim and narrow which makes it easy to play. The string action is very low which caused some fret buzz. Easily adjusted out with a simple truss rod adjustment. The machine head tuner are cheap which caused the strings it to go out of tune quickly. I installed a set of Grover machine heads and problem solved. The red finish is flawless with shiny chrome hardware. GREAT PRICE, BUY IT!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Deal!

            By JS

            from Los Angeles, CA

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition SG Special-I Electric Guitar:

            I just got the guitar in the mail yesterday, so these are just my initial impressions. I will update this review after I get a little more experience playing with the guitar.

            All I can say is that I cannot believe how great this guitar feels. Sure, the material, pickups, bolt-on neck, and a few other cosmetic things are not the best quality compared to some higher-end guitars, but this thing feels pretty dang close to a higher-end epiphone/similar type of guitar. It's crazy light, the neck is very fast and smooth to play. The guitar came set up perfectly that I didn't have to make any adjustments to the action or anything. The pelham blue finish looks great too. I also got myself a nice little Orange Crush 35RT, and I could not be happier with this setup. Both the guitar and amp are just super simple and straightforward plug in and play. I like everything from Chet Atkins, Black Sabbath, CCR, Black Keys, Ty Segall, Electric Wizard, Slayer, T. Rex, Weezer, RHCP, Beatles, White Stripes, Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Ry Cooder, etc. And I can get all of these tones for these bands relatively easy whether that be some nice country twang to some bluesy grit all the way to all out stoner/doom/garage rock fuzz.

            This guitar is a keeper for sure, and I plan to modify it a little more to my liking by upgrading the tuners. If you're a new guitar player or someone with a little more experience, who needs a first guitar or a backup guitar, I would highly recommend this thing, especially for this price, which is a steal. The "cheap" guitars do not feel cheap any more, and this guitar is proof of a high quality product at a low-level/affordable price. I am super happy with this purchase, and I felt like I just got my first guitar when I was just 10 or 12 years old when I plugged it in. This thing is super fun to play, I didn't pay too much for it, so I'm not too worried about it getting a little banged up. Get one if you can!

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